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ESTEFANIA ORTIZ

Place of birth:

Puerto Rico

Family Heritage:

Puerto Rico

Education:

CS BS at Stanford University.

Current job:

N/A

Bio

I am currently a rising Senior studying Computer Science at Stanford University. I grew up in Puerto Rico where I found my passion for Software Engineering, Entrepreneurship, and Education by independently studying my senior year of high school using free online courses. I’ve had software engineering internships at Microsoft, Facebook, and Good Eggs. I am a CODE2040 alumna and Alumni Council Co-Chair, NCWIT Aspirations in Computing award recipient, Latinas Think Big speaker, and Grace Hopper Conference panelist. I’m interested in outreach and mentoring, teaching, dance, and hackathons.

Bio

My interests in Computer Science include Human Computer Interaction, which is how software can be best tailored to meet the needs of people, and Big Data, which empowers us to make sense out of all the data available to us. I have built web applications, mobile applications, and other tools to automate my work, and I have a huge passion for software that has a social mission. I started DiasPRa, a web platform that connects remote volunteers to nonprofit organizations in Puerto Rico, and Dina, a platform that enables students to learn collaboratively through Q&A in online academic communities.

Why would you recommend exploring careers in science and technology to other Latina girls?

Careers in STEM, and particularly Computer Science, open the doors to being able to innovate and create the world we live in. Steve Jobs said "Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use."

In the world we live in, studying STEM is the way in which we can position ourselves to make those changes in the world. I think it would be awesome to have more of our world created by Latinas!.